Updated: Monday, November 13, 2017 11:23 am EST
Scott Raymond Dozier was scheduled to be executed at 8 pm PST, on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at the Ely State Prison in Ely, Nevada. His execution has been stayed. Forty-six-year-old Scott is convicted of the murder of 22-year-old Jeremiah Miller on April 18, 2002, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Scott has spent the last nine years on Nevada’s death row.
Scott's execution has been stayed after Clark County District Court Judge Jennifer Togliatti ordered that the paralytic drug be removed from the execution protocol. The judge fears that this drug would leave Scott aware of everything that was going on, but unable to react or show that he is in pain. Judge Togliatti agreed with expert testimony that the paralytic drug should not be necessary if the sedative is effective. Scott has repeatedly informed the judge that he wished to be executed, regardless of any pain he may experience. The judge's order is being appealed to the Nevada Supreme Court.
In 2001, Scott Dozier was a methamphetamine dealer. Dozier came to believe that 27-year-old Jasen Green was going to expose his operation. Dozier shot Jasen and chopped his body into pieces before burying him in an Arizona.
In April of 2002, Dozier was in need of money and convinced an associate, 22-year-old Jeremiah Miller to come to Las Vegas, with cash, for a large purchase of ephedrine, a key ingredient in the making of methamphetamine. Dozier and Miller met on April 18, 2002, inside a motel on the Las Vegas Strip. Miller also brought along a suitcase containing $12,000 in cash.
Upon arrival, Dozier killed Miller before cutting his body into pieces and disposing of them. Dozier then went on a spending spree. One year later, Miller’s torso, chopped in two, was found by a maintenance worker. His head, arms, and legs were never recovered.
Dozier was arrested on June 25, 2002, in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2005, Dozier was sentenced to 22 years in prison for the murder of Jasen Green. In October of 2007, Dozier was sentenced to death in Nevada for the robbery and murder of Jeremiah Miller.
During Dozier’s 2007 trial, a medical examiner testified that it was likely Miller was shot to death, however, it is impossible to determine. Upon Dozier’s arrest, police recovered a firearm but were unable to link it to the crime.
Scott Dozier has requested that all his appeal be halted and that his execution be allowed to proceed.
If executed, Scott will be the first individual executed in Nevada since April 2006. He will also be the first person executed at the recently constructed death chamber at Ely State Prison. Previously, the execution chamber was located at the Nevada State Prison in Carson City, however it was relocated when the Carson City Prison closed.
Scott was originally scheduled to be executed on October 16, 2017, however, his execution was rescheduled after requests to make public the drugs that will be used in the execution. It has since been announced that the drugs to be used are a combination of diazepam, fentanyl, and cisatracurium. Scott has repeatedly stated that he wishes to be execution, regardless of the drugs to be used, even if there is the likelihood of them causing pain and suffering. However, there are several opposing the execution, arguing that Scott will experience pain and suffering during the execution.
Please pray for peace and healing for the families of the Jasen Green and Jeremiah Miller. Please pray for strength for the family of Scott. Please pray that if Scott is innocent, lacks the competency to be executed, or should not be executed for any other reason that evidence will be presented prior to his execution. Please pray that Scott may come to find peace through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, if he has not already.